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Cathy McMorris Rodgers Responds to State of the Union

After President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union Speech on Tuesday, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers responded by saying she was very disappointed.

The Congresswoman called the President's plan outdated, government-knows-best, top down approach.�

As the highest ranking Republican woman in the U.S. House, and Vice-Chair of the Conference, it's her job to brand the party's message.�

McMorris-Rodgers said the Republican's plan to get people back to work and grow the economy is all about creating opportunities and unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit.�She said, it begins with changing the nations tax code. �

McMorris-Rodgers also added that a big question facing the President, is how to fund important transportation projects. She said she'll fight to complete Spokane's North-South Freeway.

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Dense fog Tuesday morning in Spokane

The National Weather Service says it's foggy Tuesday morning in many places across Washington but especially in Spokane.

Forecasters have issued a dense fog advisory until noon for the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, area.

With visibility down to a quarter-mile or less, drivers are advised to slow down. Forecasters also say roads could be slick from overnight temperatures below freezing.

OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

The Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) has announced the office will  launching a statewide ‘Get Certified’ campaign starting January 20th intended to help more women- and minority-owned businesses win contracts with state and local governments.

 

The campaign will be held from January 20th through January 23rd. Activities will include conducting more than 35 educational workshops and other stops across the state to help boost understanding for small, diverse businesses regarding the benefits getting a variety of certifications – including OMWBE certification.

Area Get Certified Roadshow events will take place at the following:

Wednesday, January, 21st

  • Republic |10:00 a.m. |Ferry County PUD 686 S Clark Ave Republic, WA 99166
  • Kettle Falls| 2:00 p.m. | Sandy's Drive Inn 1045 U.S. 395
  • Colville | 5:00 p.m. Dept of Transportation Upstairs Meeting Room 440 North Hwy, North Roundabout

 

Thursday, January 22nd

Working 4 you: How pizza affects a child's diet

Pizza is a staple of movie nights and sleepovers, but a new study says all that pizza consumption is negatively impacting kids' diets.�

The study published Monday in the medical Journal Pediatrics looked at over a decade of data and found it's the second largest contributor �to calorie and nutrient intake in a child's diet.�

The study found that pizza helps contribute to a higher calorie intake for children and leads to weight gain. Two slices of pizza have nearly the same calories as a fast food chicken nugget or burger meal with french fries.�

According to the study, on the day children eat pizza, it accounts for more than 20 percent of their daily calorie intake and increases the amount of saturated fat and salt in children's diets.�

Nutritionists say the problem with pizza is using too much of the wrong ingredients, but that doesn't mean your kids have to remove pizza from their diet. You can focus on making it a healthier meal.�

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Working 4 you: Reducing work distractions

It's more than a little easy to get distracted at work, but, in an article posted to TIME's website, the CEO of Startup Collective gave some tips to get more done while you're working.�

First on the list, make a list of what needs to be done at the beginning of each day. Include realistic expectations and make sure you've completed the list at the end of each work day.�

And the most important one on the list: reduce your interruptions. It seems like a no-brainer, but it's more difficult than it seems, especially with the internet a click away. It's important to spend at least an hour a day without email, phone or instant messaging.�

Speaking of email, try to check it less frequently. This doesn't work for every industry, but if you can pull it off, try checking it every hour or two instead of every few minutes.�

Finally, try setting a timer, maybe one that goes off every hour, to help you keep better track of time. And make sure you set one to remind you to take lunch.�

These are just a few tips from one business owner, so try customizing them for your job and give them a try.�

Cultivate Spokane Salon series to be on Jan. 21 this month

Cultivate Spokane Salon series to be on Jan. 21 this month

The Cultivate Spokane Salon Series is returning on January 21st. This month, Spokane Arts said the Salon series will say goodbye to 2014, and look forward to 2015. 

Those in attendance will be able to meet the new Spokane Arts Executive Director, Laura Becker, and discuss what the Spokane art community hopes to leave behind, and what they hope to explore in 2015.

This month's Salon will be held at The Big Dipper on 171 S. Washington Street from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Schools have until Jan. 21 to sign up for Fit for Bloomsday

Schools have until Jan. 21 to sign up for Fit for Bloomsday

Elementary schools from Eastern Washington and North Idaho have just a few more days to sign up for the Fit for Bloomsday...Fit for Life youth fitness program. After the entry deadline, over 60 schools are expected to have signed up, with more than 6,000 kids participating in the ten-week running and walking program.

“We’re really pleased with the support this program receives from principals, teachers, PE instructors and parent volunteers,” said Bloomsday Race Director Don Kardong. “They’re really making a difference in the fitness of kids in the community.”

Fit For Bloomsday...Fit For Life—dubbed Fit For Bloomsday for short—was developed by Bloomsday volunteers in cooperation with PE instructors, coaches and parents in the Spokane area. The Lilac Bloomsday Association provides information, materials, structure and incentives for the 8-10 week program, which is administered by school personnel and volunteers at participating schools. Now in its 30th year, the program prepares kids to run or walk Bloomsday while teaching them the importance of fitness, nutrition and safety.